Apparently new enterprise- and SMB-class computers weren't all that Lenovo had planned for CES 2010. Revealed just before the start of the show, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid tablet PC is an 11.6-inch multitouch system that's part laptop, part slate tablet and part smartbook.
How so? The 3.8-lb. system reportedly has a retractable multitouch screen that can unhinge from the main computer body -- which houses an ultra-low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processor running Windows 7 Home Premium -- and work on its own as a slate tablet, thanks to an embedded Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB solid state drive and a Linux environment.
Count 'em: two processors, two operating systems.
The device is reported to be available in June for $999. Lenovo did say it had more tricks up its sleeve for revealing during CES 2010, so I'll be looking for it to appear in the flesh on the show floor. Stay tuned for more coverage!